For many, driving is a major part of their jobs and, as such, companies have an obligation to their employees as well as others on the road to encourage safe driving habits. Companies with strong safety cultures are able to reduce risk in areas that protect their community and employees through effective actions and safety regulations. This includes banning the use of cell phones behind the wheel to prevent accidents involving distracted driving, which is a major problem across the country.
How Are Employers Liable?
If you were injured in an accident involving a negligent driver on the job, the employer might be liable for his or her actions. Some scenarios in which an employer might be liable include:
- The employee was texting and driving
- The employee was talking on the phone while driving
- The employee was eating food, putting on makeup or grooming while driving
- The employee was operating or otherwise engaged with the motor vehicle’s information or entertainment system while driving
- The employee was driving after work for an extended period of time
Even in cases where a company has an aggressive safety policy, the company can still be held liable for an accident caused by an employee. Under state and federal law, companies are responsible for ensuring their employees obey all laws, including traffic laws, while on the job.
Palmyra Auto Accident Lawyers
Car accidents can inflict serious, even fatal injuries. At Foley & Foley, we understand how overwhelming and stressful this situation can be and are here to help you pursue damages through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Our firm is highly experienced in providing medical opinion and all other legal aspects of your case. We are ready to investigate the facts and negotiate a full and fair settlement on your behalf.
Contact us today at (315) 883-2650 to schedule a consultation.